WCPE's Education Fund: FAQ


Q: What is the WCPE Educational Fund?
A: The Educational Fund was created to help WCPE sponsor and organize classical music educational events and experiences in the community.

Q: How can I contribute to this fund?
A: When you make a membership gift to The Classical Station, you can forgo a thank-you gift and choose, instead, to contribute a portion of your membership gift to the WCPE Educational Fund.

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Meet the Committee Members

Patricia Crane

Patricia Crane is the Membership Director for WCPE, The Classical Station. She has worked in nonprofit fundraising for 14 years, and loves classical music! She performs as a member of the North Carolina Master Chorale, and singing The Messiah is always her favorite part of the holidays. Patricia graduated from NC State and lives in Raleigh.

Jeanne Fredriksen

A Triangle transplant from Chicago, Jeanne lives in WCPE’s back yard. Armed with degrees in Technical Theatre and Design, Jeanne opted for careers in which she could make an impact. After careers in education, advertising, and public relations, Jeanne now is the Managing Editor of the Rolesville Buzz monthly newspaper. She also writes for India Currents magazine and is a Books for Youth reviewer for Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association. While she writes – fiction or non-fiction – she listens to whatever string quartet music she can find.

Jack Gartner

Jack was born in New York and attended Queens College where he graduated with a degree in history in 1961. After college, he spent 50 years in aviation and the airport management industry; thirty five of those years were in the Port Authority of NY and NJ, and most of those years were at John F Kennedy International Airport. When he retired, Jack was Assistant Director for Operations, Maintenance and Security for LaGuardia, Newark and JFK airports. Since moving to Durham in 1999, Jack has done volunteer work with the Triangle’s classical radio station, WCPE, and for the North Carolina Symphony; he is one of the founding members of the WCPE Education Fund Committee; been a student and instructor at the Osher Life Long Learning Institute at Duke (“How Airports Work” and the History of Aviation); and is still active in OLLI. Jack lives in Durham with his wife Rita. He is extremely fortunate that his son, daughter-in- law, and two grandsons also live in Durham.

Stanley Ray Hoffman

Stanley Ray describes The Classical Station as a delightful 'discovery' upon relocating to NC in 1991. Phone volunteering during lively fund drives led to volunteer announcing in 2011, substituting for other announcers when needed, and helping teach the annual New Announcer class. He also volunteers with landscaping and grounds maintenance at the WCPE offices and studios. As a farm boy from KY, his green thumb comes naturally and he loves the outdoors.

Stanley Ray found himself on Wall Street in the 70's and 80's and later became a Realtor. After a military stint as a Green Beret medic he studied EMS to volunteer at his children's sports events, cycling trips, and triathlons. He has bicycled across NC every year since 2002 during the 'Mountains to the Coast' ride with 1,200 cyclists. He and his wife Bushra, a PhD pharmaceutical research scientist, enjoy their three grown kids (who all attended NC universities) and live in Chapel Hill.

Dan McHugh

A native of Rhode Island, Dan moved to North Carolina with his family in 1999. He studied history at NC State University and then returned to RI for a year and a half for graduate work in European History at Providence College. Host of the Classical Café and Weekend Classics, Dan has been with WCPE since interning while an undergraduate student. Right now he is learning to play the harpsichord and working on pieces by Scarlatti, Bach, Rameau, and Haydn.

Frank Schiermeier

Frank graduated from St. Louis University with degrees in mathematics and meteorology and did doctoral work at Penn State University. Following a three-year stint in the Air Force, he spent 35 years with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, the last 18 years of which he served as Director of an EPA air pollution research division. At various times, he chaired environmental agreements with Japan, Canada, Russia and North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and is currently an honorary lifetime member of the NATO Committee on Science for Peace and Security. Since retirement in 2001, Frank has been active with the local American Meteorological Society, the NCSU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, the American Legion, and with WCPE as a supporter of great classical music.

Marilyn Shciermeier

Marilyn graduated from Webster College in St. Louis and from NC State University with an advanced degree in mathematics. During her husband’s assignment to Langley AFB, Marilyn taught in Hampton, Virginia. Since moving to Cary in 1979, she has taught at the NC School of Science and Mathematics and, as an Adjunct Professor of Mathematics, at NC State University and at Meredith College. While at Meredith, she organized the summer math camps for high school girls to promote interest in mathematics. Marilyn retired from teaching in 2007 and has been taking classes, organizing parish baptismal activities, and volunteering at WCPE, having listened to the station starting one year after it went on the air.

Carolyn Zahnow

Carolyn Zahnow has many roles: founder and executive director of The Shore Grief Center http://www.theshoregriefcenter.org, author of “Save the Teens: Preventing suicide, depression and addiction,” and substitute teacher in middle and high schools in Wake County Public Schools. Carolyn is also an advocate for adolescents, teens, and young adults. She speaks at national and state level conferences sharing information on grief and children as well as how she has survived her son’s death in 2005. She has volunteered at WCPE since 2006. Carolyn lives in Youngsville with her husband Dan and their dog, Sheila.

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